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Spring Forward with 9 Safety Checks

“Spring Forward” is a common phrase we all use to help us remember how to adjust our clocks for Daylight Saving Time each year on the second Sunday in March.

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This time-frame also serves as a good reminder to review your Spring Safety Checklist including your home’s HVAC system. We have developed a list of items to check as we transition to the tropical heat.

Change The Air Filter

Replacing your filter every 3 months will allow your system a longer life span and avoid repairs.

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Plus, it will work more efficiently, cooling your home quicker when the increased heat and humidity set in. In addition, a clean filter allows your family to breathe easier since its job is to trap contaminants.

Check Your Thermostat

If you have a thermostat that requires batteries, Daylight Saving Time is a good reminder to replace them.  In fact, ignoring this task can cause your AC to stop working. A programmable thermostat is an option which can make your life easier and save you a few dollars each month.

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According  to, when you program your thermostat to 78° for 8 hours a day, you can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling bills in a year. While you can always set your thermostat manually, the ability to program it will keep the temperature stable and comfortable throughout the day. If you are considering an upgrade, contact us for advice.

Examine Dryer And AC Vents

Pull the dryer away from the wall and inspect your hoses for any kinks, folds, or pressures that could compromise airflow. Rearrange the venting hose if necessary.

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Then, clean out lint buildup and any other obvious blockage. Also, remember to empty your dryer’s lint filter after each load to avoid a potential fire hazard.

Clear Outdoor Condenser Unit

Remove anything within 3’ that may block air flow. For example, dead leaves, tree debris, accumulation of grass, leaves, sand, sticks, or other materials. For a finishing touch, wipe down the unit with a mild cleaner.

Replace CO/Smoke Detector Batteries

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Test your smoke alarms and CO detector every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.

 Clean Supply And Return Grills

Clean both the supply and return air grills and vents and be sure they are open and free of debris.

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Consider vacuuming to remove any pet hair or dust that might have accumulated during winter.

Replace Leaking Weatherstripping

Check windows and doors for drafts or leaks. Seal any leaks with weatherstripping.  Use caulk or spray foam to seal leaks.

Schedule An AC Maintenance

Schedule an HVAC maintenance tune-up with Sunset Air and Home Services. Preventive maintenance is a critical task to improve energy efficiency, optimize your system’s performance, and ensure a safely operating cooling system as we head into summer.

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PRO TIP: A thorough inspection of your system now can help us find any underlying issues before they become catastrophic problems.  This will save you money – and headaches – in the long run.

Our Maintenance Programs

Our Maintenance Programs give you exclusive discounts on parts and labor, and new AC systems; along with (2) annual tune-ups, same-day priority service, no overtime charges, and much more. Choose from our Standard, Premium, and Elite Programs.

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For more than 20 years, we’ve built a successful enterprise on educating our customers, ensuring they are well-informed.  Moreover, it is important to us we serve you with honesty and integrity, every time. If you have questions or need advice about anything HVAC, give us a call and talk live to one of our friendly customer service representatives.  (239) 693-9005

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